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Your employer should really know better, as such a labor
practice is completely impermissible under state and federal labor law. Specifically, the Fair Labor Standards Act
requires employees to be paid for all time in which they are "suffered or permitted to work," which is generally defined as all time under which the employee is under the control of their employer.
You are clearly "under the conrol of your employer" when you do your paperwork and data analysis at home--you're not doing this for recreation, it's part of your job. Thus, such time is clearly compensable. Not only are you entitled to be paid for this time, your employer could be subject to civil and even criminal penalties for their intentional non-payment.
An employee in your circumstance would be wise to file a wage
claim to seek compensation for the hours you have already worked without pay and to ensure that your employer's future pay practices are in conformity with the law. See here for information on how to file a wage claim: http://www.doli.virginia.gov/laborlaw/laborlaw_forms_p1.html
Important also to note is that employers are legally prohibited from retaliating against employees for enforcing their rights under the labor code. Thus, if your employer were to reduce your hours, cut your pay, or fire you in retaliation
for your wage complaint, that would give rise to an entirely new and separate claim for damages.
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